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Rainmaker
1,206,044
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

I try not to impact my buyers with my car, it would reroute their down payment to hospital bills.  

Mar 06, 2016 02:31 AM
Rainmaker
4,848,360
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I have always driven a "REALTOR" car, and in the slower years I thought about buying a lower end car.   Called a couple of my past clients (higher end), and they said if they saw me drive something "less", they would know my business had gone downhill.

Mar 07, 2016 07:00 AM
Rainmaker
4,037,902
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Impact?  

If by impact you mean make an impression -- people will perceive and/or make an impression based on a variety of factors.  

Your car, your height, your hair....maybe even your ability.    

Mar 06, 2016 08:51 PM
Rainmaker
1,683,350
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Yes,  They love our car wrap.

Mar 06, 2016 12:12 PM
Rainer
468,273
DEANNA C. SMITH CERTIFIED MOBILE NOTARY
Certified Mobile Notary Signing Agent - Smith Mountain Lake, VA
Highest Ranked Certified Mobile Notary in Virginia

Curb appeal applies to your vehicle too.  Is it clean, well maintained and comfortable.  Do buyers have to wait while you take a pile of papers out of the front passenger seat ?

Another thought:   Buyers also see how you drive.  Do you use turn signals or are you too busy texting?   Do you obey the road rules or are you trying to get to that next showing ahead of a competing agent?   Buyers are watching so please drive safely and know the life you save may be your paycheck's. 

Mar 06, 2016 03:25 AM
Rainmaker
1,393,738
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

If it does that is too bad! I have a truck for towing and hauling and to occasionally help a distressed client!

Mar 06, 2016 02:51 AM
Rainmaker
1,708,967
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

When I was an active agent, I never particularly tried to make a statement with the car I drive.  It was more about function.  I am not an SUV person, so the car I drove needed to have a big trunk for signs and comfortable seating for clients.  It also needed to be reliable.   I took excellent care of my car and it was always clean, weather permitting.  How well you take care of your car says more to me than what kind of car you drive.  I still drive the same car I had when I retired 4 years ago. It still looks new.  I love my 2008 Ford Taurus AWD.

Mar 06, 2016 02:34 AM
Rainmaker
1,840,396
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think if we drove a dented clunker that was spewing oil and making all sorts of noise at it groaned to a stop, it might make a negative impression. Otherwise, I don't think our car choice should matter as long as we keep it clean and well maintained.

Mar 06, 2016 11:50 PM
Rainmaker
6,499,529
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Maybe for some but not for most.  I usually drive a Honda but we also have a Mercedes.

Mar 06, 2016 11:41 PM
Rainmaker
3,069,934
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

Only if they walk in front of it while it's in forward motion!

Mar 06, 2016 10:34 PM
Rainmaker
4,123,678
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Clean and presentable fits the bill for me!

Mar 06, 2016 09:53 PM
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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I don't think so as long as the ride is clean and well maintained.

Mar 06, 2016 09:50 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

It is clean and practical

Mar 06, 2016 08:03 PM
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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 I know that there is anything about image. The question should be does once image really sell properties?

Mar 06, 2016 05:22 PM
Rainmaker
2,429,775
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Brent. I believe so, it should be a nice car and always clean.

Mar 06, 2016 05:06 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Brent Swensen I doubt very much! They perhaps do not care what car I drive....

Mar 06, 2016 03:04 PM
Rainmaker
576,323
Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

Intelligent buyers don't make their decisions based on the vehicle an agent drives.

Mar 06, 2016 02:13 PM
Rainmaker
3,404,554
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Brent Swensen Personally, newer car did not make impact on potential buyers.

Mar 06, 2016 12:23 PM
Rainmaker
140,568
Joan Dickie
Keller Williams Premier Realty - La Crosse, WI
Keller Williams Premier Realty

I drive a Honda Element.  I don't think it affects my buyers opinion of me.  In many cases, the buyers admire the utility of it.

I would never drive anything fancy.  Before I was an agent, I went to open houses looking for a new home.  If the agent had too fancy a car, it made me suspicious.

Mar 06, 2016 12:10 PM
Rainmaker
1,375,842
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes.  Clean gets more business.

Mar 06, 2016 11:55 AM
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Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I doubt it.

 

Mar 06, 2016 10:44 AM
Rainmaker
80,253
Linda Guess
Keller Williams Tri-Lakes Branson, MO - Branson, MO
Branson area real estate sales.

I do not want to impress my clients with my car, but I probably impress some.  I really like the Volvo XC90  I bought this last one before I got back into real estate and it is a pretty red.  The importants is that whatever vehicle I drive, I want it to be clean.

Mar 06, 2016 10:39 AM
Rainmaker
814,632
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Not literally, I hope! I think quality does speak for itself, so the answer should be yes.

Mar 06, 2016 09:52 AM
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think it can since it's part of the overall impression, but I suspect that depends on the buyer. But how clean it is and how you drive (and behave while you drive) might even be more important

Mar 06, 2016 09:29 AM
Rainmaker
4,433,583
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

It should be clean.

Mar 06, 2016 08:27 AM
Rainmaker
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I don't believe so..I have not lost a client after the first meeting because of my car

Mar 06, 2016 07:54 AM
Rainmaker
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Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

I do not drive many buyers around anymore but when I did they sure loved the Ranger Rover experience.

Mar 06, 2016 07:33 AM
Rainmaker
1,632,742
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc. - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It never has. Flashy is for the nouveau riche and fakers.

Mar 06, 2016 07:07 AM
Rainmaker
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The stuff I handle now requires humility and cleanliness. I act accordingly

Mar 06, 2016 07:05 AM
Rainmaker
882,726
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

Everyone loves my red truck. It is so ME and someone always mentions it in a good way. Impact? Who knows. I think it's just right.

Mar 06, 2016 06:54 AM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

It's all part of the impression you create with clients.  So yes. 

Mar 06, 2016 05:53 AM
Rainmaker
864,258
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

I don't believe so. The houses I show speaks for themselves.

Mar 06, 2016 05:44 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

I drive two different vehicles but primarily a particular one when showing. It takes my client by surprise when I show up in my second vehicle. I think they identfy me with my primary one and always make a comment about me trading cars. They are watching and make assumptions.

Mar 06, 2016 05:36 AM
Rainmaker
222,966
LuxurySoCalRealty San Diego
Compass - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Partner - The Private Client Network

Yes we work with some very high net worth it is imperative our car is acceptable 

Mar 06, 2016 05:19 AM
Rainmaker
2,018,930
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

They think I'm snazzy !

Mar 06, 2016 03:35 AM
Rainmaker
797,057
Liz Wallace
Century 21 Sherlock Homes - Rockville Centre, NY
Broker C21 Sherlock Homes, Rockville Centre, LI, N

I happen to like my car but I've never had a client comment on it so I don't know.

Mar 06, 2016 03:34 AM
Rainmaker
4,799,481
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I really don't know if it does or not.  Though, I doubt it matters to them one way or the other.

Mar 06, 2016 03:32 AM
Rainmaker
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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Brent Swensen At one time an agent's success was measured by the car they drove. I don't think it makes any difference today.

Mar 06, 2016 03:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,157,485
FN LN
Toronto, ON

Each buyer will have their own reaction.  Some will have completely different reactions compared to other buyers.

Mar 06, 2016 03:15 AM
Rainmaker
1,711,737
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

So my '52 DeSoto might not be the best for clients?

Mar 06, 2016 02:55 AM